The Nomadic life is not all rainbows and sunsets…
We watched this six days ago, 10 Harsh Realities of RV Life by His and Her VLOGS. We laughed while watching as we related to almost everything mentioned, we have experienced all of them except #10. And many of them just in the past month, especially the California reservation system! We were thankful it had been a while since we had any RV repair issues.
And then this happened…
Our Winnebago Travato started making a high pitched squeaking sound when backing up or going forward. The noise got worse by the second. Knowing we have great extended warranty coverage, we started making calls. After talking with several people, it was suggested that we have our Travato towed 127 miles to the nearest certified repairman. Who happened to be off on vacation until next Tuesday (this was Thursday). They mentioned the words, “power train issues.”
We decided to take it to a local dealership to have it looked over, to see if whatever is going on is dangerous or just noisy. Figuring we’d rather drive it ourselves somewhere than have it towed. They said we could leave the Travato with them the next day and they would try and fit it in between other jobs, BUT they could only look at it and not do any repairs. We explained that we were living in the Travato and could not just drop it off and leave it all day. Meanwhile (thankfully), an older gentleman (maybe an angel in disguise?), who had heard our noise when we drove up, came over and said, “It is just a rock.” He suggested we take it to a local tire shop.
Thank you to North Coast Tire in Fort Bragg, CA!
It was just a tiny little rock! The rock was in between rotor and backing plate!! North Coast Tire in Fort Bragg fixed it quickly! And when we asked how much we owed them, he shrugged and said, “All we did was take a rock out. Enjoy your trip!”
We were very thankful we had not had our Travato towed 127 miles to have a tiny rock removed!
Stuff happens, it is part of the adventure! 🙂 We are thankful for the kindness of strangers along the way!
Although we are staying overnight at a nearby Van Damme State Park campground, we have been spending most of our days at Mendocino Headlands State Park. Amazing “office” workday views, easy scenic hiking trails, and lovely sunsets with vibrant mix of flowers, ocean, and wildlife!
We have been enjoying some amazing California beach camping from Carlsbad to here at Half Moon Bay! This is our 7th state beach this month and one of our favorites! Beautiful flowers, easy to get to and walk on beach, nice camp sites, lovely sunsets, and great Wifi! Listening to the waves all night has been wonderful!
Read our review here: Half Moon Bay State Beach
There is nothing like camping on the beach!
Our California state park beach camping adventures continue…
Crystal Cove State Park
Point Mugu Thornhill Broome Campground
Carpinteria State Beach
Morro Strand State Beach
This was the view from our site!
Our most expensive dry camping experience to date, yet so worth it!
South Carlsbad State Beach
We had two RV meet-ups in one weekend.
One was in Moab and one was near San Diego. So we left one early and arrived at the other late.
Xscapers Moab Convergence ~ Three Winnebago B Class Vans Parked Together
At the Xscapers Moab Convergence we ended up parking near a Paseo and a Revel. It was the WinnieB section of the runway (the convergence took place on an old airport runway). 🙂
Winnebago Travato Meet-Up @ Agua Caliente County Park near Julian, CA
We left Moab early and headed to San Diego, stopping for the night at a Walmart in Richfield, UT.
12 Travatos + their amazing owners + hot springs in the desert + no cell reception = one fantastic time!
Moab in March is much nicer than Moab in May! Last year we visited Moab in May and it was a bit warm (hot), especially for boondocking. The weather is lovely this week, sunny and warm in the day with cooler sleeping temps at night!
We spent our first night at OK RV Park. After several days of boondocking we wanted some hook-ups and a long hot shower! This campground is on Passport America and a great deal at the PA rate. It is a well-maintained basic RV park with really clean bathrooms and good WiFi!
From there we spent some time boondocking on some great BLM and state trust land. We found the best cell reception at Klondike Bluff Road. Of course, cell reception varied greatly depending on location on Klondike Bluff Road or BLM 142. Some great views, too! Speaking of great views, we also enjoyed Willow Springs Trail. We found cell reception to be a bit more challenging there, plus it was more crowded.
And last, but certainly not least…we are enjoying a night at Portal RV Resort. We stayed here last year and are back again (we wrote a review on Campendium last year…it is even better this year!). Great place to get ready for some more boondocking! Tomorrow we’ll be attending Xscapers Moab Area Convergence! Seeing old friends and meeting new ones!
Favorite breakfast in Moab: Sweet Cravings ~ Organic coffee, locally sourced produce, baked goods from scratch…it is all good! They have lunch, too.
In between Cortez and Mancos Colorado resides this boondocking gem. With a simple name and great views, County Road 34. There are 12 sites. We found cell reception was better in the lower number sites. At first we parked in site 9, which is a pull-through and had some awesome views. However, the cell reception there was not enough to work. We moved to site 3 and had much better reception.